If deliberate practice is the best way to improve as a writer, how do you actually do it?

I’m always looking for new, better ways to practice writing, and today, I’m excited to introduce something that I think is going to make practicing your writing easier and much more fun.

Practice

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Why Practice Writing?

But first, why is practice necessary?

Most amateur writers tend to think the the most important element to writing a successful book is having a great idea.  If you can come up with a winning idea, they think, and work really hard to write it, you’ll be published to great fame and fortune.

However, what I’ve found is that most people have a dozen great ideas or more, but they don’t have the skills to bring their ideas to life. Unfortunately, most of the writers I talk to are stuck coming up with ideas that they don’t know how to put to use.

So then how do you acquire the writing skills you need to turn your great idea into a finished book? You guess it: deliberate practice.

That’s why I’m so excited to show you our latest project.

Introducing The Write Practice’s WordPress Plugin

The Write Practice is unique amongst writing blogs because after each lesson, we have a writing prompt where you can put into practice what you’ve just learned. You can then share your practice publicly to get feedback (an essential part of deliberate practice).

We’ve seen that most people like share their writing practice either on their own blog or in the comments section of the post. To make practicing easier and more fun, we’ve developed a Write Practice WordPress plugin that installs straight into your WordPress blog and allows you to practice your writing instantly, using The Write Practice’s daily prompts.

Write Practice WordPress Plugin

The daily prompt shows up just above the editor when you create a new blog post.

This new plugin allows you to quickly practice your creative writing and participate with our community.

You can write your response to the prompt in the body of your post, then publish your practice to get feedback.

If you want to learn more about the lesson behind the prompt, you can click the link at the bottom of the prompt and you’ll be taken straight there. You may even want to copy and paste the link into your new post so that your readers can practice, too.

Want to practice your writing with The Write Practice Community? Download our writing prompt plugin here.

How The Writing Prompt Plugin Came To Be

I want to give all the credit and thanks to Rob Skidmore (and when I say “all” I really do mean all).

Rob is a writer who I’ve gotten to know through The Write Practice and the Story Cartel Course. Not only is Rob a very good writer, he’s a fantastic web developer and designer who creates great solutions for authors (make sure to check out Rob’s website here).

When he first emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in a writing prompt plugin for The Write Practice, I wrote it off. But then he showed me the finished product. It completely blew me away. Rob has created something remarkable with this plugin, and as soon as you install it, I know you’re going to want to use it.

We’ll be featuring the plugin prominently on The Write Practice and adding new features to make it even more useful for your writing practice needs, but for now, just go download the plugin.

You can download our Write Practice WordPress plugin here.

What features would you like to see in our new WordPress plugin?

PRACTICE

Today, we’re going to practice with our new Write Practice WordPress plugin.

  1. First, install the plugin (only on self-hosted accounts). The easiest way is find it in your WordPress plugin dashboard (search for “writing prompt”).
  2. Once you’ve installed and activated it, create a new post to get the daily prompt. You’ll see it above your editor.
  3. Practice using whichever prompt is there! If this post’s practice section is showing, use this prompt: a young prodigy writer has just published his first novel. Write a scene describing how he or she is handling his or her new fame and fortune?
  4. Publish your post and include the link as a comment in this post so we know where to find you.

That’s it! Happy writing!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let’s Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).